Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pilate Is All Washed Up; Pilate; Douglas Coupland the Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pilate Is All Washed Up; Pilate; Douglas Coupland the Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon THEATRE

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

GOOD as it is to see the intimate Other Place back in use, it is a shame to have to report that what is on offer here, the latest from the RSC's New Work Festival, is dispiriting.

There is nothing about The Pilate Workshop that is not woeful. Based on Ann Wroe's book Pilate, The Biography of an Invented Man, this devised piece attempts to put a personal story to the most notorious washing of hands in history, but ends up an overlong, self-indulgent muddle.

The modish overarching theme is that Judea is Iraq, the rule of the Roman Empire there akin to the American occupation. Thus the first half, a demented gang-show of a promenade production, makes the audience wander between actors playing CNN newscasters and others proclaiming the words of Gandhi and Seneca.

The second, seated, part is no improvement, as Clive Wood's imperious Pilate quotes at random from Christian liturgy, concerns himself with aqueducts and spends virtually no time on his infamous decision. …

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